Empty Garnier

Monday, 15 June 2015

A week ago I was lucky enough to be invited along to the #emptygarnier event at the Opera de Paris' Palais Garnier, to experience the beautifully ornate 19th century building and get a behind the scenes look at its incredible space. Before it officially opened its doors in the morning for tourists, a small number of us (including the lovely people over at Instagram), were able to explore the stage (much larger than I thought it was), the basement where large cogs work the scenery, walk on the roof to take in the breathtaking view of Paris (without toppling off) and watch a ballet class. It was a magical experience and as someone who spent many years dancing ballet, it's one I won't forget in a hurry. The only downside is, I won't ever settle for cheap theatre seats again! And top it off, I was also included in a lovely article in last Monday's le Figaro about the event. 


  1. I remember our visit, so a sumptuous fabulous place, how lucky you were to have the private view. mooxxx

  2. What a dream! The Opera Garnier is my favorite building in Paris, and I remember touring it for class like it was yesterday. You captured it perfectly!

  3. Seeing the interior of this building was one of my favourite memories of living in Paris! It's overwhelmingly beautiful. So great to see it empty !!

    Megan || www.ohheyblog.com

  4. What a snazzy experience. Stunning photos.


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